Product of: Netherlands
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Galliano enjoyed something of a heyday in the 1970s but sales declined from the 1980s onwards until the then newly independent company of Lucas Bols in Amsterdam purchased the brand in 2006 from the French Remy Cointreau group. Bols set about reproducing Galliano according to its original recipe and added the word ‘L’Autentico’ to the brand’s name to reflect is return to the original recipe and strength. By 2009, in markets such as the UK, the previously ubiquitous vanilla version had all but disappeared after being removed from the market as the brand went “back to its roots”.
Well due to popular demand the lower strength vanilla version is back and now sits alongside the original recipe (L’Authentico), with Ristretto and Balsamico making up the complete range.
The iconic bottle same shape remains the same across the range.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 30/05/2014
Clear, golden yellow.
Reminiscent of vanilla and Tic-Tac peppermint sweets with toffee notes.
Slightly syrupy, peppermint leads with smoothing creamy vanilla, sweet liquorice and herbal notes.
Freshly ground black pepper emerges and cuts through the syrup with lingering vanilla ice-cream, refreshing spicy peppermint and a touch of aniseed.
This vanilla version of Galliano has more mass market appeal and is distinctly easier than Galliano L’Authentico, but a complex liqueur nonetheless. A great after dinner drink.